Rohatsu Sesshin

12/5/2017, 8:00pm - 12/10/2017, 9:00am at Myoshinji

This year, Rohatsu will begin Tuesday night, December 5th and end on Sunday morning, December 10th with a special Bodhi Day Service during our usual morning service. This is the most important sesshin of the year and we encourage you to try to attend part or all of it. In the traditional Mahayana Buddhist calendar, Bodhi Day is December 8th, called Rohatsu in Japanese (literally, the 8th day of the 12th month). Mahayana Buddhists also recognize April 8 as the anniversary of Buddha’s birth (Hanamatsuri) and February 15th as Nirvana Day, commemorating the passing of the Buddha from this sphere of teaching.

During Rohatsu, students are encouraged to plunge into practice with a strong determination to resolve the Great Matter of Life and Death. The cold winds and snow of December at Myoshinji provide an austere, intense backdrop for practice. Please come and support each other in this wonderful practice opportunity. The cost of this retreat is $250 for members or $300 for non-members and includes overnight lodging Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and all meals.

All meals are served in the traditional style using monastic eating bowls and utensils called oryoki. Oryoki sets are required and may be purchased or rented.

$250 for current members, $300 for others.